May 8-9, 1951

May 8-9, 1951

The U.S. conducts the "George" nuclear test at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Greenhouse. The "George" test involved a device in which a relatively large fission yield was to be used to ignite a relatively small mass of thermonuclear fuel. According to Edward Teller, the success of the "George" shot was pivotal in the development of the Super and provided scientists with the confidence to proceed along further speculations of thermonuclear design principles.

Date Range: 
1951CE May 8th to 1951CE May 9th